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Africa Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) urges the United Republic of Tanzania to strengthen the Freedom of Information Bill that is currently before Parliament to bring it in line with regional and international standards. The right to information is also recognized by several African Union...

The open government principles have risen on the international agenda, becoming an 'in vogue topic.' The Open government principles have roots in a civic push for greater transparency and accountability in the decades following the Second World War. The Africa Freedom of Information Centre...

In January 2015 Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly magazine, was the focus of the world. Its offices were attacked by violent extremist's gunmen resulting in a massacre. It is widely believed that the attack was motivated by the magazines publication of cartoons containing satirical...

The vicious attack on the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, where 12 people were brutally murdered and 11 people were left wounded, has reminded the world that freedom of expression and freedom of information can never be taken for granted, but that...

AFIC welcomes new Members Africa Freedom of Information Centre’s membership has grown from 27 to 34 following the approval of seven applicants by the Governing Council sitting on July 25, 2014 in Nairobi Kenya. The Governing Council considered eleven applications out which approved seven,...

The Working Group of the African Platform on Access to Information (APAI) met in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Wednesday, March 5 and Thursday, March 6, 2014. At the end of its meeting, the Working Group unanimously adopted and issued this Statement: 1. The Working...

PRESS  RELEASE AFIC Congratulates Côte d'Ivoire on Adoption of Access to Information Law Kampala: February 5, 2014 African Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) congratulates the Government and people of the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire upon the adoption of Access to Information (FOI) law.The adoption...

Specialist right to information organisations Access Info Europe and Centre for Law and Democracy led on the drafting of a set of recommendations for progressive improvements to the right to information (RTI) which should be introduced by governments participating in the Open Government Partnership (OGP).

These recommendations form the right to information chapter  of the Open Government Guide, which was released at the Open Government Partnership Summit in October 2013.

In addition to the key recommendation that States should adopt a law giving effect to the right to information which meets international standards, the chapter makes a number of recommendations for initial, more substantial, most robust and innovative steps to give effect to this fundamental right, including:
» Putting in place the required institutional structures for implementation of the law
» Expanding the scope of proactive publication
» Undertaking robust promotional measures, including by raising public awareness about the right to information
» Implementing ‘transparency by design’, including by using digital technologies to integrate RTI into all stages of information preparation and processing

AFIC and the Ghana Right to Information Coalition (GRIC) have issued a joint statement urging Ghana’s Parliament to adopt a law that reflects regional and International standards.

The statement came a week after the Parliament published the version the Bill that has been tabled for debate. The statement acknowledges the will of the Government of Ghana to “deepen transparency and good governance as a means of improving the living conditions of Ghanaians.”

African Freedom of Information Centre (AFIC) together with its membership of 27 civil society organizations from 18 African countries congratulates the Government, Parliament and people of Sierra Leone upon the adoption of Freedom of Information (FOI) law.

This adoption demonstrates Government’s commitment to transparency and confirms that a lot can be achieved if Governments constructively engages with citizens on such an important agenda as transparency. During the Open Government Partnership regional outreach meeting held in Mombasa in May 2013, the Minister while responding to contribution made by Mr. Emmanuel Abdulai of Society for Democratic Initiatives and member of Sierra Leone freedom of Information coalition, promised that his government would expedite tabling and consideration of the country’s draft freedom of information bill.

The adoption of an FOI law represents Government’s strong intention to implement Africa Union transparency agenda underpinned by six treats that recognize and protect the right to information. It also signifies seriousness with which Government takes recommendations of the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights’ which through Resolution 222 of April 2012 which among others calls on member states to adopt access to information laws in line with regional instruments. Sierra Leone becomes the thirteenth African country to adopt an access to information law following South Africa, Uganda, Angola, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Nigeria, Niger, Guinea, Tunisia, Rwanda and South Sudan.